T.J. Hooker 2.17 Sweet Sixteen and Dead (1983, Police Drama) – 6/10 TV review

William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
Paul Kent: Pearl
Clarence Williams III: Decker
Toni Hudson: Star Taylor
Sharon Farrell: Irene Gordon
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Writer: Joe Viola
Director: William Shatner

T.J. Hooker 2.17 Sweet Sixteen and Dead (1983)

When a sixteen-year-old hooker is killed after witnessing a local hoodlum paying off a government representative, Hooker gets to learn of another witness: an ex-prostitute named Star. Trouble is, the hoodlum also knows her identity, the only thing neither of them know is her location. Who will reach her first?

6/10

As with most Shatner-directed outings, this is a lesser episode but it is rammed with Hooker quotes ("It was a man-made accident. And I want to nail that man.") culminating in calling the villain "chump." There’s also a decapitated teddy bear and a great comedy sub-plot about selling cookies for Hooker’s daughter Chrissie.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains adult dialogue and substance abuse and extreme teddy bear violence.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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